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Oscar Patterson Grades Get the Community Talking

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When school grades came out a few weeks ago, Oscar Patterson Elementary School was the only Bay District school that received a letter F.

Sunday, many parents and community leaders met to share their concerns for the school and it's students.

Emotions were running high as Latasha Richardson, Parent liaison for Oscar Patterson Elementary, reached out to the audience for support.

"I am the voice for every one of those children, because I have been where they are at," said Richardson.

The Bay County Branch of the NAACP held a public forum, which many parents attended, to get some of the issues out in the open and start working to solve them. 

"Certainly, when a school is designated as an F school, it's a wake up call," said Patti Fowler, Oscar Patterson Principal. "So, they see the need as community leaders to bring the community together and see what they can do to help us."

They say, parent involvement is one of the biggest issues.

"We are in need of parent involvement, it's very important that the parents be involved," said Richardson. "It could be as little as coming to a parent teacher meeting… as little as coming to a family night… Anything the parent can do, it's very important they are involved in their child's education."

There was a question and answer period where parents and volunteers brought up ideas like developing incentives to get more good teachers to teach at the school or creating after school enrichment programs to promote school spirit.

"I think we came up with some good strategies," said Fowler. "We have the names of some people and resources in the community that are willing to give up their time and energies to help us out, so that was a real benefit."

They created a list of action items which they will continue to work on.

"I feel great about it.. I feel awesome," said Richardson. "Even though I was a little nervous and a little emotional.. I feel that this is what we needed."

"It shows that everybody is interested, everybody is wanting to help out and that does give you a sense of encouragement," said Fowler.

The meeting had about 30 participants.